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2022 Elections

SPER’s Executive Committee is comprised of eight officers and includes a President, a President-Elect, an Immediate Past-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, four Members-at-Large, a Student Representative, and an International Representative. The 2022 Elections will include voting for the following positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Member-at-Large to chair the SPER Equity Advisory Board
  • Student Representative

2022 Members of SPER are entitled to one vote per category. Learn more about the candidates below.

Voting will conclude on May 13, 2022.



Penelope (Penny) P. Howards, PhD (she/her/hers)

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University

If elected, I would be delighted to serve as President of SPER, a society that has played a formative role in my career.  I have been attending SPER annual meetings for over 20 years since I was a student, and I previously served as a member-at-large on the Executive Committee. Each year I am impressed by the quality of the research presented and the feeling of community at the annual meeting, even as we temporarily moved to a virtual format. Read more

Edwina Yeung, PhD (she/her/hers)

Senior Investigator and Acting Branch Chief
Epidemiology Branch, Division of Population Health Research
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

I am honored to be asked to run for SPER president. I’ve been a member since my postdoc, over a decade ago. SPER has always been a scientific home for my growth and development as a perinatal epidemiologist and I appreciate the opportunity to give back to the organization that has meant so much to my own professional development. Read more

Member-at-Large to Chair the SPER Equity Advisory Board

Bola Grace, MSc, PhD, MBA (she/her/hers)

Institute for Women’s Health
Faculty of Population Health Sciences
University College London

Dr Bola Grace has extensive experience in women’s health across multiple sectors. She values collaborative research into a variety of topics including reproductive epidemiology, digital health, gender and health inequalities. Read more

Stephanie Leonard, PhD, MS (she/her/hers)

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Stanford University School of Medicine
California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative

I’ve been an active member of SPER since I was a doctoral student, including serving as the Student Representative and on the Program Committee (2018-2019), on the Outreach Committee (2019-2021), and on the recently established Equity Advisory Board (2021 to present). Read more


Helen B. Chin, PhD (she/her/hers)

Assistant Professor
Department of Global and Community Health
George Mason University

I would be honored to serve as SPER Secretary. SPER and its members have provided me with mentorship, networking, and research opportunities – all of which have nurtured my development as a reproductive epidemiologist.

Currently, I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University. My research is focused on investigating endocrine disrupting exposures that adversely affect the reproductive health of women and girls. Read more


Student Representative Candidates

Menolly Kaufman, MPH (she/her/hers)

Epidemiology PhD candidate
Oregon Health & Science University – Portland State University School of Public Health

Senior Research Associate
Center for Health Systems Effectiveness at Oregon Health & Science University

I am honored to be nominated for the Student Representative (2022-2023) position at the Society of Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER). Read more